from Act I, Scene 2 of the Italian opera Ernani
by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave
Role: Don Ruy Gomez de Silva
, a Spanish grandee
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass
Setting: Elvira's rooms in Don Ruy Gomez de Silva's apartments, Spain, 1519
Synopsis: Silva has entered his niece and fiancee Elvira's room to find both Ernani and Carlo inside. He is shocked at this and laments self-pityingly.